Riverboat Daze is all set and raring to go

Pearl Lorentzen
Lakeside Leader

Midway July 5 to 7

The midway fair will be at Phoenix Heights across Hwy 88 at the junction of 6 Ave. SE. For safety, there will be a temporary 30 km zone for six days surrounding Riverboat Daze. There is free parking on site.

The midway is open July 5 to 7 starting at noon. End times may vary depending on weather and attendance.

Midway ride wristbands are $40 and can be purchased beforehand or on Friday or Saturday. On Sunday, only tickets are available.

Before noon on July 3, wristbands are $32. Early wristbands are available at Appara Shoes and Shopper’s Drug Mart. These can be redeemed on any day of the fair.

No pregnant riders, and the minimum age and height of riders is two years and 36 inches (3 ft).

Friday – July 5

Parade

With the theme of “Slave Lake Strong” the parade starts at 6:30 p.m.

The route starts at Vanderwell Heritage Place and proceeds east to 6 St. NE. It meanders south, then west. From 4 Ave. NE to 1A Ave. NE, it goes south on 2 St. NE, because Main St. is closed for the block party. The route connects with Main St. and ends at the Northern Star Hotel (see ad for map).

Participants should line up at the Vanderwell Heritage Place between 5:15 and 5:45 p.m. Judging takes place at 6 p.m.

Block Party

The hope is to make this year’s block party bigger and better than last year’s.

As of June 24, the block party includes 10 food vendors and 35 plus regular vendors. The Icedogs have a ‘take a shot at the goalie‘ booth. The Legion’s outdoor patio extension holds 400 people plus a band.

Main St. from 2 Ave. NW to 6 Ave. NW and NE. will be closed on July 5 and 6 for the block party and car show. If there is bad weather on Friday, the block party moves to Saturday.

Fireworks

Starting at 11:30, the fireworks are at the airport an easy walk from the block party. Ken Bolan has volunteered to organize and set of the fireworks. Fireworks are sponsored by Vanderwell Contractors, The Gathering Place, and Vanderwell Heritage Place.

Saturday – July 6

Children’s Festival

The Children’s Festival kicks off at 10 a.m. with the children’s parade starting at Remax. Children and parents are invited to dress up and decorate their bikes, scooters, power wheels or any other wheeled contraption to ride in the parade. Community members are encouraged to come out and cheer on the children.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Children’s Festival will be held on the E.G. Wahlstrom field facing Main St. If it rains, it will be moved to the curling rink.

The festival has a variety of games for ages 3 to 9 years old. Games are $1 to play. All games have guaranteed prizes.

The festival includes a petting zoo, a photo booth, face painting, food vendors, and hopefully mascots.

The student market place is new this year. To support entrepreneurship, children and youth who make crafts, art or have something to sell are encouraged to book a table.

Some children who were part of Lemonade Day on June 22, will be selling lemonade as part of the market.

Tables are free. Space is limited. To register a table contact Ali Mouallem at 780-805-6122 or alimouallem@hotmail.com.

People interested in volunteering for a few hours at the festival can contact Mouallem.

The organizers would like to thank the High Prairie School Division for the venue, Kinettes for sponsoring the petting zoo, and Blue Wave Energy for sponsoring the photo booth.

Car show – New

New this year, the Riverboat Daze Car Show is from 10 a.m to 3 p.m. on Main St. Anyone with a classic car, truck or motorbike is welcome to register. Registration is on the day and by donation.Proceeds go to seniors’ recreation.

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